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Family history societies often publish helpful journals, transcripts, compiled genealogies and host helpful websites. They may have ongoing projects to transcribe records and create indexes. Most societies publish queries in their journals and maintain lists of members’ research interests that may be helpful to you. You may want to join one of these societies, reap the benefits of their expertise and resources, or support its efforts.

Addresses of the societies are for the most part where their meetings are held as they are by-and-large not brick-and-mortar institutions.

Regional Society[edit | edit source]

South Wales Record Society
Glamorgan Archives
Clos Parc Morgannwg
Leckwith, Cardiff CF11 8AW UK
Website: South Wales Record Society

The South Wales Record Society was established in 1982 and exists to publish a regular series of texts and other works relating to the history of South Wales, and in particular to the historic counties of Glamorgan and Monmouthshire.

Glamorgan Societies[edit | edit source]

Blackpill Local History Society
Vivian Hall
Mumbles Road
Swansea, West Glamorgan SA3 5AS UK
Telephone: 01792 208907

The Blackpill Local History Society was formed in 1987 and over the years the group has arranged programmes on a variety of themes. Specialist speakers provide information and members can also explore themes and topics of interest covering the rich social and industrial heritage of this part of West Wales.

Bridgend & District Local History Society
Carnegie House (The Old Library)
14 Wyndham Street
Bridgend CF31 1EF UK
Telephone: 07773 050830
Website: Bridgend & District Local History Society
Website #2: Bridgend Local History Society

The Society arranges lectures and visits on topics of local interest and other appropriate subjects.

Brynmawr Historical Society (Cymdeithas Hanes Brynmawr)
Brynmawr Social Club
61 Beaufort Street
Blaenau Gwent, South Wales NP23 4AE UK
Website: Brynmawr Historical Society

The object of the Society is to foster interest in all aspects of the historical development of the district in particular and the wider world nationally and internationally by organising lectures, discussions, and visits both cultural and social.

Caerphilly Local History Society
Wesley Methodist Church
Crescent Road
Caerphilly, Mid Glamorgan CF83 1AB UK
Website: Caerphilly Local History Society

Caerphilly Local History Society was formed in 1957 to encourage interest in the area's history. It continues to record, research, share, and preserve the history of the town and surrounding areas.

Cardiff Archaeological Society (Cymdeithas Archeolegol Caerdydd)
Small Chemistry Lecture Theatre
Main Building
Park Place
Cardiff University
Cardiff CF10 3AT UK
Telephone: 02920 613127
Website: Cardiff Archaeological Society
Website #2: Cardiff Archaeological Society

The Cardiff Archaeological Society was formed in 1960 to promote, by lectures, field visits and, where possible, field work, an interest in the remains and history of past cultures and in the practices, techniques and disciplines of archaeology.

Clydach Historical Society
Clydach Community Centre
Vardre Road
Clydach, Swansea SA6 5LP UK
Telephone: 01792 843548
Website: Clydach Historical Society

It is the aim of the society ‘to provide, encourage and generate critical thought about local history’, and this aim has proved successful many times over.

Cowbridge History Society
Lesser Hall
The Town Hall
21 High Street
Cowbridge, South Wales CF71 7DD UK
Telephone: 01446 772704
Website: Cowbridge History Society

The Society's main objectives are to promote the history and heritage of the area via a series of talks and exhibitions; to conduct and sponsor research and to publish its findings; to celebrate the town's Charter Day (13 March 1254); and to conserve information in any form of the district's history via a local study room that is open to the public.

Cwm Dulais Historical Society
The Music Centre
Station Terrace
Seven Sisters, Neath Port Talbot
Telephone: 01639 644299
Website: Cwm Dulais Historical Society

Founded in 1964, the Cwm Dulais Historical Society is concerned with the study of history, with the particular objective of encouraging interest in the local history of the Dulais Valley in the South Wales area. Its catchment area comprises of the villages of Coelbren, Banwen, Dyffryn Cellwen, Pantyffordd, Seven Sisters, and Crynant. It also includes Cilfrew and Aberdulais.

Cymmer Afan and District Historical Society
9 Afan Road
Dyffryn Rhondda
Neath Port Talbot SA13 3ES UK
Website: Cymmer Afan and District Historical Society

Cynon Valley History Society (Cymdeithas Hanes Cwm Cynon)
The Vestry
Green Street Methodist Church
High St
Aberdare, Rhondda Cynon Taf CF44 7AA UK
Telephone: 01685 879793
Website: Cynon Valley History Society

The Society's objectives are to promote, encourage, and maintain an active interest in the history of the district in all its aspects; to arrange talks and lectures; to undertake original research and assist in the collection of local material such as manuscripts, books, artefacts and photographs; and to publish titles on local history.

Darran Valley History Group
Deri Community Centre
9 Riverside Walk
Bargoed, Caerphilly CF81 9GE UK
Telephone: 01443 830014
Website: Darran Valley History Group

Dinas Powys Local History Society
Kynance Hall
Methodist Church
The Common
Dinas Powys, Wales CF64 4DT UK
Telephone: 029 2051 3524

Evanstown and Gilfach Goch Historical Society
Evanstown Community Centre
32 Abercerdin Road
Gilfach Goch
Porth, Bridgend CF39 8RPUK
Telephone: 01443 674440
Website: Evanstown and Gilfach Goch Historical Society

The purpose of the group is to preserve the heritage and history of Gilfach Goch and Evanstown.

Garw Valley Heritage Society
Website: Garw Valley Heritage Society
Website #2: Garw Valley Heritage Society

We are a group of local people who are enthusiastic about creating an archive of our valley’s industrial and social history. We are keen to record the progress and events in the valley in pictures and notes from the 1800’s to ensure that this valuable and rich source of information does not disappear forever. We aim to develop exhibits and educational material to enable the future generations to see what was once a thriving industrial community, and to compare present day sights with historical views in a “Now and Then” theme.

Gelligaer Historical Society
Llancaiach Fawr
Gelligaer Road
Caerphilly CF46 6ER UK
Website: Gelligaer Historical Society

The Society aims to study local history and heritage in the area of the old parish and urban district of Gelligaer in north east Glamorgan, which includes modern communities such as Pontlottyn, Brithdir, Bargoed, Hengoed, Ystrad Mynach, Trelewis, Bedlinog, Fochrhiw, and Deri as well as the village of Gelligaer itself. The Society promotes this by arranging lectures, discussions, and field meetings to heritage sites as well as encouraging research.

Gelligaer Local History Appreciation Society (Cymdeithas Gwerthfawrogi Hanes Lleol Gelligaer)
St Cattwg Community Hall
Church Road
Gelligaer, Caerphilly CF82 8FW UK
Website: Gelligaer Local History Appreciation Society

Glamorgan Family History Society
Aberdare/Cynon Valley Branch
Green Street Methodist Church
High St.
Rhondda Cynon Taf, Mid Glamorgan CF44 7AA UK
Bridgend Branch
Len Evans Centre
Bridgend, Mid Glamorgan CF32 9RF UK
Cardiff Branch
The Dining Room
Insole Court
Fairwater Road, Cardiff CF5 2LN UK
Pontypridd & Rhondda Branch
Pontypridd Museum
Bridge Street
Rhondda Cynon Taf, Mid Glamorgan CF37 4PE UK
Sully Group Branch
The Old School
South Road
Sully, Vale of Glamorgan CF64 5TG UK

Website: Glamorgan Family History Society

The Glamorgan Family History Society acts as a focal point for anyone who may be interested in Family History and Genealogy, not just those whose roots are in Glamorgan. Many members live within the historic county, but equally, many live far beyond its boundaries.

Glamorgan History Society (Cymdeithas Hanes Morgannwg)
Tondu Methodist Church
44 Maesteg Rd
Tondu, Bridgend CF32 9BT UK
Telephone: 01792 205888
Website: Glamorgan History Society

The Glamorgan History Society was founded in 1950 with the aim of promoting and encouraging the study of the history of the old county of Glamorgan. Originally named the Glamorgan Local History Society, it adopted its present title in 1966. From its earliest beginnings, the Society has encouraged original research by professional and amateur historians alike. The results often provide the main feature articles in Morgannwg, the Society's journal.

Glynneath & Cwmgwrach Historical Society (Cymdeithas Hanesyddol Glynnedd a Cwmgwrach)
Glynneath Training Centre
Oddfellows St
Glynneath, Neath SA11 5DB UK
Telehone: 01639 722105
Website: Glynneath & Cwmgwrach Historical Society

Founded in 1974 Glynneath & Cwmgwrach Historical Society exists to encourage and promote local participation in activities related to the study of history.

The Gower Society
Sketty Parish Centre
de la Beche Road
Sketty, Swansea SA2 9AR UK
Website: The Gower Society

The Gower Society’s aims are to encourage an appreciation of the unique qualities of Gower in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and in the whole of the lordship of Gower; to protect the heritage of Gower, its landscape, its historical and its built environment; to protect and enhance its diverse wildlife habitats, encouraging its rich animal and plant life; to safeguard its rights of way and open spaces; to ensure that its common land is kept free of encroachments; to work with young people, adults, local communities and organisations in Gower; and to lobby for support for Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, including Gower.

Gowerton Library Historical Society
Gowerton Library
Mansel St
Gowerton, Swansea SA4 3BU UK
Website: Gowerton Library Historical Society

We are a group of local residents with a keen interest in recording, collating, and preserving the local history of Gowerton and surrounding areas. from the earliest recording to the present day.

Grangetown Local History Society
Llynfi Room
Glamorgan Archives
Leckwith, Cardiff CF11 8AB UK
Website: Grangetown Local History Society

We are a group of people interested in local history, many Grangetown born and bred, but others who have come to live in the area. We also welcome visitors, including people from overseas on a visit back to their roots!

Historical Association Swansea Branch
National Waterfront Museum
Oystermouth Rd
Swansea SA1 3RD UK
Telephone: 07971 665594
Website: Historical Association Swansea Branch
Website #2: Historical Association Swansea Branch

The Historical Association is a national organisation which supports the study and appreciation of History at all levels, without chronological or geographical limitations. The ‘catchment area’ of the Swansea Branch is south-west Wales (anywhere that has an SA postcode, in fact, and sometimes a little beyond), and our aim is to bring together people who share an interest in, and love for History.

The Kenfig Society (Cymdeithas Cynffig)
Pyle Parish Hall
Next to the Vicarage
Pyle Road
Pyle, Bridgend CF33 6AE UK
Website: The Kenfig Society

​The Kenfig Society's aim is to advance the education of the public in the history of Kenfig and the surrounding district.

Lisvane Historical Society
Main Hall
Old School
Lisvane, Cardiff CF14 0SQ UK
Website: Lisvane Historical Society

Lisvane Historical Society was established in January 2006 with the aim of undertaking research into the history of the village and to preserve current information.

Llafur: The Welsh People’s History Society
South Wales Miners’ Library
Swansea University
Hendrefoilan Campus
Gower Road
Swansea SA2 7NB UK
Telephone: 01792 518693
Website: Llafur: The Welsh People’s History Society

Llafur was formed in 1970 to promote and popularise the knowledge and study of all aspects of people’s history in Wales.

Llancarfan Society
Llancarfan Community Hall
Llancarfan, Vale of Glamorgan CF62 3AD UK
Website: Llancarfan Society

The Llancarfan Society is a forum for those who are resident in the Community Area of Llancarfan and those who have a general interest, previously resided, or have family relationships in the area. The Society publishes newsletters on a regular basis which is devoted to matters of local interest, including current affairs, history, wildlife, members writings, and similar material.

Llanishen Local History Society
Coed Glas School
Ty Glas Avenue
Llanishen, Cardiff CF14 5DW UK
Website: Llanishen Local History Society
Website #2: Llanishen Local History Society

Our society was founded by a number of Llanishen residents in 1990. Their aim was to share their knowledge of the history of this beautiful part of north Cardiff with others.

Llansamlet Historical Society (Cymdeithas Hanesyddol Llansamlet)
Trallwn Community Centre
Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taf CF37 4RS UK
Telephone: 01792 843756
Website: Llansamlet Historical Society

The society was originally formed by a small group of people connected to Ebenezer Chapel, Llwynbrwydrau. A photographic exhibition was held in the chapel and more than 200 people attended and signed the visitors’ book. This encouraged the organisers to form the Llansamlet Historical Society.

Llantrisant & District Local History Society
Pontyclun Community Hall
29 Heol Yr Orsaf
Pontyclun, Rhondda Cynon Taf CF72 9TY UK
Website: Llantrisant & District Local History Society

Membership is open to all with an interest in the history of the ancient Borough, the even more ancient Parish, and all those adjacent parishes that were, historically, part of the southern half of the Welsh lordships of Meisgyn and Glynrhondda. This wide interest involves an overlap of membership with the neighbouring historical societies of Pontypridd and Pentyrch. Also, due to work that has been done on local families for the 17th and 18th centuries, there is an overlap with the Glamorgan Family History Society. Members are also encouraged to join the Glamorgan History Society.
Our aim is to celebrate the people and places of the ancient lordships of Meisgyn and Glynrhondda. This is achieved by research and publications, talks given to members by visiting lecturers, and visits to places of historical interest.

Llantwit Major Local History Society
Llantonian Hall
Boverton Rd
Llantwit Major, Vale of Glamorgan CF61 UK
Telephone: 01446 796173
Website: Llantwit Major Local History Society
Website #2: Llantwit Major Local History Society

Founded in 1967, the Society seeks to preserve and promote the great heritage and 1500 year history of the settlement at Llaniltud Fawr (St Illtud’s great church) and the surrounding area.

Llynfi Valley Historical Society
St. David's Church
Castle St
Maesteg, Bridgend CF34 9BL UK
Telephone: 07977 831317
Website: Llynfi Valley Historical Society

The Society's objective is to foster an interest in local history in the valley and Wales in general through visits and discussions and in providing a series of varied and entertaining educational talks presented by acknowledged authorities in their particular fields.

Merthyr Tydfil Historical Society
Trehafod Community Village Hall
Ivor Street
Trehafod, Pontypridd CF37 2NF UK
Telephone: 01685 376792
Website: Merthyr Tydfil Historical Society

The Society's aim is to advance the education of the public by promoting the study of the local history and architecture of Merthyr Tydfil.

Merthyr Tydfil Museum and Heritage Group
Trehafod Community Village Hall
Ivor Street
Trehafod, Pontypridd CF37 2NF UK
Website: Merthyr Tydfil Museum and Heritage Group

The Groupy's aim is to advance the education of the public by the promotion, support, and improvement of the Heritage of Merthyr Tydfil and its Museums.

Neath Antiquarian Society
Old Town Hall
2 Church Place
Neath SA11 3LL UK (monthly meetings)
Neath Mechanics' Institute
4 Church Place
Neath SA11 3LL UK (Society Archives)
Telephone: 01639 620139 (Monday and Thursday only)
Website: Neath Antiquarian Society
Website #2: Neath Antiquarian Society Archives

Formed in 1923 the Neath Antiquarian Society has taken a leading role in recording, preserving, and safeguarding Neath's historical heritage. Therefore, the Society began to collect archives relating to the local area and further afield.

Ogmore Valley Local History Society
Ogmore Vale Constitutional Club
59 High St
Ogmore Vale
Bridgend CF32 7AG UK
Website: Ogmore Valley Local History Society

The Society was formed in 1999 to carry out research into the history of the Ogmore Valley, to collect and collate documents, photographs, and other historical evidence relating to the Ogmore Valley. For the purposes of the Society, the “Ogmore Valley” is deemed to include the habitations of Blackmill, Glyn Llan, Glynogwr, Lewistown, Nantymoel, Pricetown, Ogmore Vale, Pant-yr-Awel, and Wyndham, together with their environs. These districts fall within the ancient parishes of Llandyfodwg and Llangeinor.

Oxford House Industrial History Society
Risca Industrial History Museum
Colliers Institute
Grove Rd
Risca, Newport NP11 6GN UK
Website: Oxford House Industrial History Society
Website #2: Risca Industrial History Museum

The Society consists of the people behind the Risca Industrial History Museum which displays its collection of artefacts, memorabilia, and photographs illustrating some of the industrial history of the area: coal mining, the iron industry, tram roads, railways, etc.

Oystermouth Historical Association
Ostreme Centre
Castle Avenue
Mumbles, Swansea SA3 4BA UK
Telephone: 01792 361466
Website: Oystermouth Historical Association

The Association welcomes everyone interested in the history of the village of Mumbles, the Parish of Oystermouth, and the surrounding area.

Pen Y Graig and District Historical Society
c/o Soar Centre
Pen Y Graig, Rhondda Cynon Taf CF40 1LD UK
Telephone: 01443 432778
Website: Pen Y Graig and District Historical Society

Penarth Local History Society
All Saints Lesser Hall
Victoria Square
Penarth, Vale of Glamorgan CF64 3EH UK
Telephone: 02920 702901
Website: Penarth Local History Society

Penderyn Community Historical Society (Cymdeithas Hanesyddol Gymunedol Penderyn)
Penderyn Community Centre
Aberdare, Rhondda Cynon Taf CF44 9UX UK
Website: Penderyn Community Historical Society

Three aims of the Society are to encourage awareness and interest in the locality, to celebrate the rich and varied traditions associated with the locality, and to provide a means of contact for people world-wide with an interest in the Penderyn locality to pursue their research.

Pentyrch & District Local History Society (Cymdeithas Hanes Lleol Pentyrch a’r Cylch)
Pentyrch Village Hall
Pentyrch, Cardiff CF15 9PY UK
Website: Pentyrch & District Local History Society

Pentyrch and District Local History Society was formed to record for posterity what is known about local life in past times. We hold census records for the parish from 1841 to 1911 and parish records for St Catwg’s Church back to 1695. We are happy to respond to requests for reasonable levels of family history research in these records.

Pontypridd Historical Society
Lower Room
Pontypridd Museum
Bridge St
Pontypridd, Rhondda Cynon Taf CF37 4PE UK
Website: Pontypridd Historical Society

Pontypridd Historical Society exists to foster the continuing interest in the history of Pontypridd and the surrounding area as well as Wales in general and all things with a Welsh connection worldwide.

Port Talbot Historical Society
Carmel Chapel Vestry
Port Talbot, Neath SA13 1PQ UK
Website: Port Talbot Historical Society

Porthcawl Museum & Historical Society
Porthcawl Museum
The Old Police Station
John St.
Porthcawl, Brtidgend CF36 5DT UK
Telephone: 01656 788853
Website: Porthcawl Museum & Historical Society

Radyr and Morganstown Local History Society
Old Church Rooms
Park Road
Radyr, Cardiff CF15 8DF UK
Telephone: 02920 843176
Website: Radyr and Morganstown Local History Society

Resolfen History Society (Cymdeithas Hanes Resolfen)
Website: Resolfen History Society

Rhondda Historical Society (Cymdeithas Hanes y Rhondda)
Trehafod Community Hall
Ivor St
Cilfynydd, Pontypridd CF37 2NF UK
Telephone: 07810277048

The Society's aims and objectives are to research the history of the Rhondda Valleys and links with other areas of South Wales through the development of the coal industry and the community that developed with industry by preserving memories, stories, and archives as resources of information.

Roath Local History Society
The Church Hall
St. Andrews United Reformed Church
Pen-y-Lan Road
Roath, Cardiff CF24 3PB UK
Website: Roath Local History Society

Our main unit of study was the ancient parish of Roath and the researching and recording of its history. Today the object of the Society is to promote, encourage, and maintain an active interest in, and research into, the local history on any area or subject, but with particular reference to the Ecclesiastical Parish of Roath.

Royal Institution of South Wales
Swansea Museum
Victoria Rd
Swansea SA1 1SN UK
Telephone: 01792 653763
Website: Royal Institution of South Wales

It was founded in 1835 by an outstanding group of scientists, technologists, and historians who wanted to share and extend their knowledge. Among other things they founded and built what is now Swansea Museum. Today the RISW combines several roles: We share knowledge across all fields, including history, current issues, and science & technology; We have a special focus on Swansea and its area, especially its local history; and We act as the official Friends of the Swansea Museum.

Rumney and District Local History Society
Website: Rumney and District Local History Society

Rumney and District Local History Society, originally known as the Friends of Rumney Village, evolved from a 1990 idea of Ray Herrick who saw the need to provide an interest for active retired people. A successful public meeting was held which resulted in the formation of our Society. By 1992 an archive including old postcards and copies of photographs provided by Miss Betty Fish enabled the Society to produce a pictorial calendar. This was repeated for several years and proved to be our first successful venture. Increasing membership and interest in the Society resulted in a growing archive of local interest with exhibitions held at the annual St. Mellons Show and in St David’s Hall. Our future projects will include local and family history archives in the libraries of Rumney and St. Mellons.

Skewen & District Historical Society
Carnegie Hall
Evelyn Road
Skewen, Neath SA10 6LH UK
Telephone: 01792 813651
Website: Skewen & District Historical Society

The Society is the focal point for local historical interests. The Society aims to safeguard the history of the area and to promote and maintain maximum interest in its culture, industry, and tradition.

South West Wales Industrial Archaeology Society
73 Pastoral Way
Tycoch, Swansea SA2 9LY UK
Telephone: 01792 205068
Website: South West Wales Industrial Archaeology Society

The SWWIAS is an organisation for all people, academic and general public, who have an interest in industrial archaeology and history, local history, metallurgy, metallurgical industries, coal mining, industrial housing, railways, canals, transport of Swansea, and the south west Wales region.

Swansea Eastside Historical Society
St Thomas Primary and Community School
80 Grenfell Park Road
St Thomas, Swansea SA1 8EZ UK
Telephone: 01792 536315
Website: Swansea Eastside Historical Society Facebook Home

Local History Society based in St. Thomas dealing specifially with the history of the eastside of Swansea.

Swansea Valley History Society
Cross Community Centre
1 High St
Pontardawe, Swansea SA8 4HU UK
Telephone: 01792 863807
Website: Swansea Valley History Society

The Swansea Valley History Society was formed in 1979. It was the first History Society in the valley and although a small Society its aim is to promote an historical awareness of the area centred on Pontardawe and to preserve the memories of the past.

Treboeth History Group
St. Albans Church Hall
New Road
Treboeth, Swansea SA5 9DE UK
Telephone: 01792 798376
Website: Treboeth History Group

Tredegar History & Archive Society
Tredegar Library
The Circle
Tredegar, Blaenau Gwent NP22 3PS UK
Telephone: 01495 726506
Website: Tredegar History & Archive Society
Website #2: Tredegar History & Archive Society

This Society will ensure that Tredegar’s unique history and heritage, spanning more than 200 years, will be brought to life for the towns’ people, as well as for the public at large. The Society has a wealth of display materials and artefacts that will be presented to the public in a modern and interactive way.